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Photos of this week’s spectacular dawn

Favorite photos from around the globe of Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the moon, which put on a show in the east at dawn this week. Thanks to all who submitted or posted at EarthSky Facebook.

Crescent moon, Jupiter (top) and Venus triangle early in the morning of November 17, 2017 over Valletta Lighthouse from Tigné Point on the island of Malta. Photo by Gilbert Vancell Nature Photography.

Beautiful image of November 17, 2017 planets and moon from Miska Saarikko – Photography/Time-Lapse in Stockholm, Sweden. Jupiter is to the right of the moon. Venus is just above the treeline.

Moon, Jupiter (above) and Venus on November 17, 2017 from João Pedro Bessa in Costa Nova, Portugal.

Tom Thompson in Eagle, Colorado caught Jupiter (above) and Venus – with the moon above them both – on the morning of November 16, 2017.

View larger. | Around the morning of November 15, the moon entered the scene. Here are the moon with 3 planets – very faint Mars, and brighter Jupiter and Venus – on the morning of November 15 via Lee Capps.

Matthew Chin caught the moon, Jupiter (above) and Venus from Hong Kong on November 15.

Uwe Sartori in Littleton, Colorado caught the moon, Jupiter (above) and Venus on November 15 and wrote: “This particular celestial event has been happening for ages. Now at 62, I’m starting to notice. Never too late. :) I’ve been reading EarthSky daily for a while now, keeping me up on what to look for. Thank you!” Thank you, Uwe!

The moon took several days to move past the planets before dawn. Read more.

Jupiter (above) and Venus – November 13, 2017 – from Chantel Dunlap in Honolulu, Hawaii. In all of the photos on this page, Venus is the brighter object. In this photo, Jupiter has moved above Venus.

Doug Groenhoff wrote: “Conjunction of Jupiter [above] and Venus over the Rincon Mountains from far northwest Tucson, Arizona. While dawn was cracking. Soon lost in clouds.”

From Europe and Asia on November 13, Jupiter was still below Venus. This gorgeous photo of Venus (above) and Jupiter on November 13 is from Siddhartha Thapa in Dharan, Nepal.

Luba Guvernator wrote: “Beautiful sunrise flying from Fiji to Argentina.”

Venus (above) and Jupiter – November 13, 2017 – from Jean Marie André Delaporte in Normandy, France. Lucky shot, Jean Marie!

Adrian Strand in Whitehaven England wrote: “This morning’s grouping of planets Venus (above) and Jupiter taken about 6:40 a.m. after the night shift, rising over the Western Fells. Taken on a compact camera, balanced on a rickety fence post.”

Mercè Monzonís wrote: “The morning was very clear, and we enjoyed an unobstructed view of the Venus – Jupiter conjunction. The picture is from a small village called Pallejà, 10 kilometers from Barcelona. Barcelona lies behind the first lights. Thanks for the work you are doing!” Thank you, Mercè!

Shobhit Tiwari in Kanpur, India wrote: “EarthSky, I like all your updates on cosmos. This is not a pic taken by camera, but, just for curiosity, I wanted to know Venus-Jupiter conjuction, what happened from space. Two software (Starry Night and Universal Sandbox2) show similar result. Earth, Venus and Jupiter were in an almost straight-line allignment …” Thank you, Shobhit!

Conjunction of Venus (above) and Jupiter on November 13, with foreground seagulls, from Thomas Gale at Chatham Marina, U.K.

Miska Saarikko in Stockholm, Sweden wrote: “There was a point when I thought I would give up when I saw the clouds form over my hometown, but, by watching on several forecast websites, I noticed that they would disappear by the time this conjunction was present. So I stuck on my plan to stay up all night long, watching Netflix and some movies, and here we are.”

Another lucky shot from Judy Allen in Minnesota on November 13.

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter over downtown Denver on November 13, after emerging from the clouds, via Christy Sanchez.

Jupiter and Venus in conjuction near Grangeville, Idaho from Kris Hazelbaker.

Dave Chapman in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada wrote: “I set the alarm to rise at 6 a.m. about an hour before sunrise to catch this appulse of Venus and Jupiter in a clear sky … I knew they would be about 1/4 of a full moon diameter apart, which sounded close to me, but when I saw them against the treeline, the separation seemed wide. Is this the planetary version of the famous moon illusion?”

Venus and Jupiter on November 12, 2017, when Jupiter was still far below Venus. This photo is from Kino Obusan in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines. It’ll be fun to watch these planets for the weeks ahead, too, as Venus sinks into the sun’s glare, and Jupiter ascends higher in the predawn sky.

Bottom line: Favorite photos from around the globe of Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the moon, which put on a show in the sky during the week of November 13, 2017.

Deborah Byrd